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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 30/01/2022.

Locum Consultant Cardio-thoracic Transplant & Retrieval Surgeon

Job Reference: 175-2122-MD428

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
175 Medical Staff Cardiothoracic Surgery
£84,559 to £114,003 pa

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is the UK’s leading heart and lung hospital, treating around 50,000 patients each year. We are located in a new, purpose-built hospital on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, with administrative services based in Huntingdon.

Founded as a tuberculosis colony in 1918, Royal Papworth Hospital has established an international reputation for excellence in research and innovation. Since carrying out the UK’s first successful heart transplant in 1979, the hospital now performs more heart, heart-lung and lung transplants each year than any other UK centre.

In addition to transplantation, Royal Papworth Hospital has the UK’s largest Respiratory Support and Sleep Centre (RSSC) and is one of five UK centres providing Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) to patients experiencing severe respiratory failure. It is also the only centre in the UK for a number of specialist services including Pulmonary Endarterectomy and Balloon Pulmonary Angioplasty (BPA).

In October 2019, we became the first trust to be rated ‘outstanding’ in all five areas assessed by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) (safe, caring, effective, responsive, and well-led). We are committed to providing a positive, supportive experience for all of our staff.

Royal Papworth Hospital is proud to employ a diverse workforce who are encouraged to use their individuality to provide exceptional and personalised patient care. We believe that our strength as an organisation relies on our ability to foster an environment which encourages using our differences as a strength.


Locum Consultant Cardiothoracic Transplant & Retrieval Surgeon

Applications are invited to join one of the largest cardiothoracic surgical departments in the UK and one of the most active in intra-thoracic transplantation worldwide.

This is a fixed term 12 month locum consultant post. The workload will be cardiac surgery and a specialist interest in Transplantation and organ retrieval. The post-holder will be required to join the on-call rota for transplantation and organ retrieval, and may be needed to undertake some general cardiac surgery on-call. The rota frequency is subject to change depending on the configuration of the service and can be discussed prior to interview.

The successful applicant should expect good operative exposure and involvement in clinics, MDT, trauma and ward work. Applicants should have a commitment to teaching, research and continuous professional development. Outstanding opportunities exist for research and teaching.

Royal Papworth Hospital is an internationally recognised specialist heart and lung hospital that has recently moved in to a purpose built new hospital on the Cambridge biomedical campus. Clinical services include the diagnosis, treatment and management of patients in four principal areas: cardiothoracic surgery, cardiology, chest medicine and advanced heart and lung failure, including transplantation. We have an established reputation for innovative clinical developments underpinned by substantial research, development and education. Surgical training was ranked as the best in the UK in the last GMC trainee survey.

Royal Papworth Hospital is the largest adult cardiothoracic centre in the UK with over 2000 cardiac surgical procedures performed per year. Our Transplantation Programme is the largest in the UK with the largest DCD heart programme worldwide. Royal Papworth Hospital also delivers a National Retrieval Service which is one of the most versatile covering both Adult and Paediatric retrieval.

Royal Papworth Hospital provides local cardiothoracic services for the Eastern region and also specialist national services including, ventricular assist devices, pulmonary endarterectomy and ECMO. Papworth’s cardiology services include primary angioplasty, structural intervention, pacing and electrophysiology, imaging and heart failure. The respiratory department includes oncology, infection, fibrosis, sleep and general services.


  • Applicants must possess the MBBS or equivalent, FRCS (CTh) or equivalent and be on the UK Specialist Register in Cardiothoracic Surgery or within 6 months of completion of specialist training or recognised equivalent EU/EA qualification. Substantial experience of cardiothoracic surgery with a specialist interest/experience in Transplantation is essential.


  • All applicants will be required to demonstrate a working knowledge of the English language.


  • The government has announced that from 1 Apr 2022, all NHS staff, health & social care workers, & volunteers working in England, who are deemed in scope including face to face contact with patients, will need to provide evidence they've received a complete course of a Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) approved COVID-19 vaccine, (1st and 2nd dose), unless medically exempt. As part of the recruitment process, you'll be asked to provide evidence of your Covid 19 vaccination status.


Further information and arrangements for informal visits can be made through the office of:

Mr. Marius Berman, Surgical Lead for Transplantation 01223 638000

Mr Narain Moorjani, Clinical Lead for Cardiac Surgery 01223 638000

Mr David Jenkins, Clinical Director 01223 638000

Dr Roger Hall, Medical Director 01223 639628

Candidates are encouraged to visit the Hospital prior to interview.



** We reserve the right to close this vacancy once sufficient applications have been received**

Priority consideration will be given to NHS Employees who have been declared at risk of redundancy.

The support and benefits available to staff include:
NHS Pension Scheme, extensive retail discount scheme, subsidised restaurant, staff recognition and award scheme, membership options at Frank Lee Centre Leisure & Fitness (campus gym), salary sacrifice 'cycle to work' and 'car' scheme, career progression opportunities, flexible working

We welcome all applications irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex and sexual orientation. Applicants with disabilities will be offered an interview providing they meet the minimum criteria for the post. The Trust operates job share and flexible working. We are a Smoke Free Hospital.

In submitting an application form you authorise Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to confirm any previous NHS Service details via the Inter Authority Transfer (IAT) process should you be appointed to the post.

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